Mike Modano and the Dallas Stars just took Manhattan. Now they'll try to take their show across the river.
Dallas looks to build off Modano's game-winning goal at Madison Square Garden when it faces a New Jersey Devils club returning home Wednesday after a successful road trip.
In Sean Avery's much-hyped return to New York, it was Modano who made headlines in Monday's 2-1 win against the Rangers as his 87th career game-winner snapped the Stars' two-game losing streak.
"It was a lucky bounce," said Modano, 29th on the NHL all-time goals list with 531. "Those don't get old. It still gives you the idea that you can still hang around the players and play the game. I'll stick around a little longer maybe."
Modano has three goals and three assists this season to tie Brad Richards for the team lead in scoring.
Brenden Morrow had a power-play goal Monday for the Stars (2-3-1), giving him a point in five of the first six games.
"We kept working on making things go our way, and finally it did tonight," Morrow told the team's official Web site. "We just found a way to keep pushing and win the game."
Marty Turco made 28 saves and blanked the Rangers after Markus Naslund scored 58 seconds into the game. Turco had a 4.70 goals-against average during Dallas' 1-3-1 start.
"Turco was solid tonight, and that's what we've been looking for from him," Dallas coach Dave Tippet said.
After registering only six goals in its first four games, New Jersey (4-1-0) scored a season high in a 4-3 shootout win at Washington on Saturday to finish 3-1-0 on its trip.
"It's a good sign we can score goals when we have to," said Patrik Elias, who had two assists, the first - his 365th - moving him past Scott Niedermayer for first on the team's all-time list.
If Martin Brodeur continues at this pace - a 1.56 GAA in five starts - the Stars could have a hard time scoring. Brodeur had 24 saves against the Capitals, including stops against Michael Nylander, Alexander Semin and Alexander Ovechkin in the shootout.
Bobby Holik broke his pinkie Saturday and will be out three to four weeks. He was scheduled for surgery Tuesday, according to Devils general manager and president Lou Lamoriello. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was recalled from Lowell of the AHL to replace Holik.
Lamoriello also said that an MRI and X-rays on Brian Rolston's sprained ankle were negative. Rolston was hurt in Thursday's 1-0 win at Atlanta.
"The guys that are playing just have to do the job for you," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "You go through it at different points in the year; every team does. The teams that handle it the right way and deal with it the right way are always the ones that seem to get through it the best."
New Jersey is 5-2-0 against Dallas since defeating the Stars in six games in the 2000 Stanley Cup finals.